Former President Trump blasted President Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal in a sit-down interview with Fox News as he told told Sean Hannity a story of why the Taliban feared him too much to take over the nation.
‘Under my conversations with Abdul, who’s the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months, we didn’t lose one soldier,’ Trump said Thursday night, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban.
Trump then told Hannity he threatened to ‘obliterate’ Abdul if he did not follow his orders.
‘Didn’t you at one point tell him, ‘I know exactly where you are,’ and give him the exact coordinates where he was?’ Hannity asked.
‘No,’ Trump replied. ‘I sent him a picture of his house.’
‘He said, ‘But why but why do you send me a picture of my house?’ I said, ‘You have to figure that one out.”
‘Didn’t you at one point tell him, ‘I know exactly where you are,’ and give him the exact coordinates where he was?’ Hannity asked. ‘No,’ Trump replied. ‘I sent him a picture of his house’
‘Under my conversations with Abdul, who’s the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months, we didn’t lose one soldier,’ Trump said, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban
Trump further recalled: ‘I said, ‘If you do anything, we’re going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit.’ He said, ‘I understand, your Excellency.”
‘I’m the one who got it down to very few soldiers. I wanted to get out,’ Trump said, referring to the last 2,500 U.S. service members who remained in Afghanistan at the end of his presidency. ‘We would have had a very similar schedule, but I would have taken the military out last.’
Trump had long called for an end to the Afghanistan war and planned to withdraw all U.S. troops by May 1, 2021. However, he claims he had a plan that would have ensured a less frenzied exit.
‘I would have taken the best equipment in the world military equipment, $85 billion worth of military equipment we left behind. And by the way, 13 soldiers were killed,’ he said, referring to the 13 Marines who died in an explosion trying to evacuate U.S. citizens and allies as the Taliban took over Kabul.
Biden was widely panned for the chaotic security situation that left the Kabul airport vulnerable to the devastating suicide attack that killed 170 Afghan civilians and 13 US service members in August 2021. Critics and supporters alike have worried about the long-term ramifications – such as a broken promise not to leave Americans behind and the blow American credibility suffers with its allies.
In September 2021, Trump decried the largely defunct military equipment the U.S. left at the hands of the Taliban and said the U.S. should bomb Afhganistan, ‘We should either go in with unequivocal Military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it,’ he said at the time.
Turning to the war in Ukraine, Trump told Hannity: ‘Putin is being handled incorrectly.’
In another wild moment during the interview Trump claimed that Venezuela is ‘opening its prisons’ to send criminals into the U.S. and said that immigrants are ‘poisoning’ our country under President Biden.
Asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity how fast he could get the nation back to what it was under his administration, Trump said he could get most things back ‘very quickly,’ aside from the migrants who have ‘poisoned’ the country.
Asked if he would deport the millions of unlawful migrants who have entered the country under President Biden, Trump said, ‘The bad ones, the bad ones.’
‘Millions and millions of people have poisoned our country,’ Trump said.
‘Yesterday I heard that Venezuela is emptying their prisons out into the United States,’ the former president told Hannity. ‘I’m almost surprised it took them so long.’
So far this fiscal year border agents have faced an all-time record 2,150,000 migrants encounters at the southern border.
Trump was referring to a Breitbart news report about a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report warning prisoners freed by the Venezuelan regime were seen traveling with caravans to the U.S. in Mexico in July.
Venezuelan migrants prepare to walk along the U.S. Border fence after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico to turn themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol on September 22
Asylum seeking migrants queue at a new Mobile En-Route Processing Unit (MERC), used by U.S. Border Patrol to rapidly process asylum seeking migrants on the border in downtown El Paso, Texas, U.S., September 21
A source told the outlet that without diplomatic relations with Venezuela, identifying migrants with criminal records is nearly impossible.
On 2024, Trump told Hannity he could not ‘legally’ tell him whether or not he was going to run again. Biden, too, has cited election law as preventing him from formally anouncing candidacy. If either candidate were to formally say they were running, it would trigger new restrictions and procedural requirements.
Trump, who still refuses to concede his 2020 loss to Biden, then claimed he would rather see Biden succeed, even if it meant losing to the Democrat in 2024.
‘I would rather have him succeed incredibly, even if it meant a much tougher– and maybe even a loss. I want to see what’s good for the country,’ the former president said.